Since its announcement in 2018, Microsoft’s structured query language (SQL) database management system, SQL Server 2019, has been making headlines, first for its introduction and again in 2019, for its impressive list of updates.
SQL is “the most mainstream language” used today to access databases. It works with any database and enables clients to store and manage information logically. It’s a universal language and an open-source format that allows users to manage millions of rows of data all at once.
What do you need to know about this database management solution? What can Microsoft’s SQL Server 2019 do for you?
Microsoft’s Top 10 Reasons to Choose SQL Server 2019
There are so many ways that SQL Server 2019 can impact the way your organization operates. Microsoft has pinpointed the ten main perks of selecting and installing SQL Server, the industry leader in performance and security for structured and unstructured data.
Here’s what Microsoft has to say about what you can do with SQL Server 2019:
- Make the most of big data with big data clusters, scalable computing, and storage.
- Utilize powerful artificial intelligence to train and operationalize your workloads.
- Cut the need for data movement with data virtualization, which allows for queries across relational and non-relational data—without the need for data movement or replication.
- Explore data in a visual format with interactive analysis.
- Conduct real-time analytics on data while it is in operation with in-memory technologies.
- Eliminate the need for performance tuning with automated tuning and intelligent query processing.
- Lessen the time needed for database maintenance with greater uptime and more online indexing operations.
- Improve security and shield data even when used with layers of security and protection of computations with constant encryptions.
- Track compliance with vulnerability assessments to discover and classify data.
- Run your solution from any platform, including Microsoft, Linux, and Docker, and run Java code on your server.
Let’s take a closer look at a few of these reasons that SQL Server 2019 is such a strong offering for database management.
Data Virtualization With SQL Server 2019
One of the main reasons to love SQL Server is that it offers a data virtualization solution far advanced from older legacy systems, including SQL Server 2017. This allows users to integrate data from all different sources without having to move data around. Data can be integrated from sources like:
- Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).
In traditional business intelligence systems, this data would have to be copied and loaded into a reporting platform through a process called extract-transform-load (ETL), but this could become problematic for a few reasons:
- ETL process requires development—typically of a complex solution that requires regular maintenance and support, which requires a lot of manpower.
- ETL processes are slow and can take quite some time to integrate data into one place.
- With ETL, data coming from different sources have to be transformed to match ETL’s necessary logic. With a great deal of data, this also means you need much more storage to make this happen.
Legacy systems using ETL processes just can’t compete with the data virtualization of SQL Server 2019, which enables users to query all kinds of data to bring relational and big data together. Here’s why it’s such an improvement:
Data virtualization integrates data from many sources without transforming, replicating, or moving the data, which can be a costly, time-intensive process.
With SQL Server 2019 and data virtualization, all of this data is integrated into a single virtual data layer (sometimes called “big data clusters”), which can handle structured and unstructured data with reduced effort and maintenance.
Much-Improved Intelligent Query Processing
SQL Server 2016 was the first database management system that offered something called a “Query Store,” which enabled users to access runtime information and execution plans for every query. This means that administrators could go back and check when things didn’t go according to plan and discover precisely what went wrong. The ability to track these performance issues is why some referred to the Query Store as the “flight data recorder.”
With SQL Server 2019, the Query Store has made some considerable advances that can’t be ignored. SQL Server 2019 has changed the amount of memory allotted to query for sorting and comparison and incorporated scalar function inlining and deferred compilation for table variables. Both of these inclusions are considerable improvements to older versions of SQL Server, which could sometimes lead to performance issues that resulted from incorrect row estimates in query processing.
In Redmond Magazine’s review of SQL Server 2019, it reported up to 10 times the performance improvements for queries using scalar functions in SQL Server 2019—an essential step in the right direction.
Built-In Artificial Intelligence Capabilities
SQL Server 2019 also has complete, built-in artificial intelligence capabilities that give users the power to enable comprehensive analytics and AI solutions and allow SQL Server running in Azure to use AI to tune and secure databases automatically.
What else can SQL Server 2019’s AI capabilities do for organizations?
At the end of 2019, Microsoft expanded SQL Server 2019’s offerings to the Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing for real-time analysis anywhere. This is made possible through a particular version of SQL Server 2019 called SQL Server IoT 2019, which gives users the power to bring mission-critical data processing and analytics to the edge.
SQL Server 2019 is the only commercial database that comes with AI built-in. Machine learning is supported in more scenarios than ever, including machine learning in instances of failover clusters.
Other Features and Perks
There are plenty of reasons to consider using SQL Server 2019. What else does this database management system have to offer?
- Faster database recovery and crash recovery in tests can take rollbacks down from 90 seconds to one second thanks to accelerated recovery changes, including a version store that allows transactions to be played back much faster.
- Your choice of language and platforms, including more container scenarios, more supported platforms, and greater extensibility.
- Industry-leading security, including enhancements, makes it easier for database administrators to keep sensitive data secure and remain compliant with data protection policies.
- High availability thanks to a dedicated synchronous replica, asynchronous replica for disaster recovery, and the ability to run backups on either or both of these secondary databases.
SQL Server 2019 has a long list of features that make it an appealing option for organizations. However, if you want to maximize the firepower of SQL Server 2019, the best way to do so is with an all-flash array.
Why is this? An all-flash array takes the best of what SQL has to offer and optimizes it. In our opinion, SQL just isn’t SQL without the power of flash.
Here’s what an all-flash array can do to amplify the features of SQL Server 2019:
- Get low latency and data protection and millions of inputs and outputs per second.
- Simplify data management practices with automated performance tuning and lightweight storage infrastructure.
- Save money on storage with an all-flash array compared to a hard disk drive.
- Scale quickly and affordably as your needs grow and evolve.
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